The Colorado Grand

Frequently Asked Questions

 Monday, September 9th – Saturday, September 14th

Please send an Email to requesting an application.  We can email or mail USPS, let us know what you prefer.  Applications are sent out around the 3rd week of March and will also be posted on our website at that time.

1960 or older sports and sports racing cars.  Later exceptions are cars that began production before 1960 but continued relatively unchanged in later years.  Examples would be 1963 Mercedes 300 SL’s, 1962 Porsche 356B, 1961 Ferrari SWB.

Yes, participants under 18 years old are not accepted.

Applications must be received by May 1st

No, the entry fee is collected after you have been accepted.

 Acceptance letters go out at the end of May.

We start and end in Vail, Colorado.

Most fly into DIA and take a rental car or a shuttle to Vail. Eagle Airport is also available for GA aircraft.

Registration begins at 9:00 on Monday, September 9th at our Vail hotel, The Grand Hyatt Hotel.

All entrants and crew need to provide a copy of driver’s license, registration and proof of insurance.

A meeting late Monday afternoon meant to go over logistics questions and the “Rules of the Road” for first time drivers or co-drivers.

Grand cars receive special numbered license plates and arrow decals to identify our cars to other entrants, mechanics, organizers and the Colorado State Patrol.

The Grand has our own mechanics that travel the route with us.  A limited number of private crews are accepted after review by the Eligibility Committee. 

Yes, we can accommodate a few rental cars in the garage at the Grand Hyatt.

Trucks may off load on the Frontage road in front of the Grand Hyatt. For the week, trucks may park in the Ford Park which is a couple miles east of the hotel or just east of the Vail Fire Department Station 3.

Yes, speak with the Grand Hyatt staff about leaving items at the hotel until your return on Friday.

Several of the hotels we visit have covered parking, but not all. 

The Grand covers over 1,000 miles and typically travels over several mountain passes at elevations over 11,500 feet.  Make sure that all aspects of your car are up for the task, but especially the cooling systems, brakes and tires.

We have mechanics along to help with minor repairs, but they are not there to rebuild cars that were not well prepared. Everyone wants you to make it back to Vail, so here are some things to consider:

  • Fan Belts
  • Coolant Hoses
  • Distributor Cap and Rotor
  • Points and Condensor
  • Ignition Coil
  • Spark Plugs and Wires
  • Fuel Pump
  • Extra Oil and Filter
  • Spare Tire
  • Jack and Lug Wrench
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Second set of Keys
  • Tools Unique To Your Car

Don’t forget your drivers license, AAA card, registration, and proof of insurance too!

We hope this helps answer some common questions.

If you have a question about something you would like to see addressed on this website, drop us a line and we’ll get back to you.